The 2010 Winter Olympics will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the organizers of the Olympics are focusing on sustainable building.  The Richmond Olympic Oval has received LEED Silver certification.

The new building has a roof made out of wood that was prematurely cut down due to the pine-beetle infestation in the area.  The extensive rainwater capture system filters water into the toilets and a pond, which is used for landscape irrigation.

The Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre (VANOC) opened its doors this week, and organizers are expecting that the building will received LEED Gold certification. 

“This eco-friendly venue captures rainwater and siphons it into the building to flush toilets and urinals. The toilets, showers and sinks also use low-flow water systems, reducing water usage by up to 30 percent. The building is wrapped in a high-performance envelope that helps keep temperatures just right inside for the perfect ice sheet. Heat is reused during the ice-making process and the building is powered by a mixture of electricity, natural gas and solar energy.” Source: Vancouver 2010

The organizers of the Vancouver Olympics have had sustainability on the mind since the planning first begun.  Sustainability reports for 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 are available on the official website of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

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